Thomson Scientific Names 'Hottest' Researchers and Papers of 2006-2007

    Osaka's Shizuo Akira Ranks Among The Hottest for Fourth Year; Once Again,
    United States Accounts for More Than Half of the Top Researchers

    PHILADELPHIA and LONDON, March 12 /CNW/ -- Thomson Scientific, part of
The Thomson Corporation (NYSE:   TOC; TSX: TOC) and leading provider of
information solutions to the worldwide research and business communities,
today announced the results of its annual roundup of the "hottest" researchers
and research papers.  In the March/April issue of Science Watch
(, Thomson Scientific identifies the top 10 authors who
fielded the highest number of Hot Papers in 2006-2007. The annual Science
Watch roundup also lists the scientific reports published during 2007 (aside
from reviews) that were most cited by year's end.
    Thomson Scientific Hot Papers are derived from the Web of Science(R)
database. A published work is identified as a Hot Paper if it has achieved a
rate of citations that is markedly higher than papers of comparable type and
age.  The researchers named have published the most Hot Papers in the latest
two-year period indexed by Thomson Scientific for inclusion in Web of Science.
    "Each year, our list of those authoring multiple Hot Papers highlights
researchers who are leading modern scientific thought," said Christopher King,
editor of Science Watch.  "To identify these scientists, we tracked all unique
occurrences of Hot Papers throughout the majority of 2007, noting the authors
whose recent reports were being highly cited on a consistent basis."
    This year, thanks to their participation in two large, multiauthor
collaborations, a trio of high energy physicists ended Osaka University's
Shizuo Akira's two-year streak at the top spot Mikhail Kopytine of Kent State
University, Basanta K. Nandi of Indian Institute of Technology and Thomas
Peitzmann of Utrecht University each garnered 12 Hot Papers, topping the list.
    However, Shizuo Akira is showing no signs of slowing down.  He follows
closely behind the three physicists with 11 Hot Papers focused on immunology,
in particular, pathogen recognition.  This marks the fourth year in a row
Akira has made the Hottest Researchers list.
    Last year, the United States accounted for 60 percent of the "Hottest"
researchers.  This time, seven out of the top ten researchers come from
American institutions.  Rounding out the list are researchers from India, the
Netherlands and Japan, each with one researcher.

            "Hottest" Researchers, ranked by number of Hot Papers:
                           (Alphabetically ordered)

    Name                  Institution                  Field            Papers

    Mikhail Kopytine      Kent State University, U.S.  Physics            12

    Basanta K. Nandi      Indian Institute of          Physics            12
                          Technology, India

    Thomas Peitzmann      Utrecht University,          Physics            12

    Shizuo Akira          Osaka University, Japan      Immunology         11

    John A. Nousek        Pennsylvania State           Space Science      11
                          University, U.S.

    Jonathan Brinkman     Apache Point Observatory,    Space Science      10

    Carlo M. Croce        Ohio State University, U.S.  Cancer Genetics    10

    Todd R. Golub         Howard Hughes Medical        Cancer Genetics    10
                          Institute, Broad Institute,

    Jeffrey A. Lieberman  Columbia University, U.S.    Psychiatry         10

    JoAnn Manson          Harvard University, U.S.     Epidemiology       10
    During the past few surveys, the New England Journal of Medicine has made
a strong showing fielding the most "hot" papers.  This year was no exception.
The New England Journal of Medicine fielded three of the top five papers and
15 overall.
    The "Hottest" paper of 2007, "Three-year Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy
Probe observations: Implications for cosmology" was able to provide solid
evidence in favor of a simple cosmological model.  Its citation count from
2006 through 2007 was 204.
    For a complete list of rankings, please visit Thomson Scientific's
recently launched Web site, combines the
latest Science Watch newsletter material and regularly updated data, analysis,
interviews, and commentary that had been found previously in Thomson
Scientific services In-Cites and Essential Science Indicators Special Topics.
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